Southern Cross University

Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

Southern Cross University

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


Do you dream of emulating the likes of Liane Moriarty, Jane Harper, Stephen King or Tim Winton with your literary creations at the top of the must-read lists? Do you want to investigate and document the most intriguing characters, events and issues?

Whichever form of writing drives your literary passion, this course will provide the focus, feedback and advice to turn your ideas into publishable works.

We'll help you develop your skills across a number of genres, and source specific and strategic feedback from professional writers. You can also undertake an extended writing project.

With a view to publishing, editing and practical career opportunities, youÍll benefit greatly from our strong connections within the Northern Rivers arts community. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

Major areas of study

This course has no majors but you undertake an extended writing project as well as the following units:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Literary studies
  • Poetics
  • Writing across the genres
  • Writing as a profession

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist as a writer of novels and scripts; food, nature, art or travel writer; feature journalist; critic and reviewer; essayist; poet; editor and publisher; or as a writer for marketing and public relations, the public service and arts-related industries.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 26,800 Per Year Read more3,350 per unit
Start date: 01 March 2021
05 July 2021
Duration: 2 years part-time
Study mode: Self study / online (without attendance)

Gold Coast Campus

Southern Cross Drive
Gold Coast Queensland 4225

Entry criteria

Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete the 8 units (96 credit points) listed in the Schedule of Units.

Applicants must have IELTS - 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; CAE - 58; TOEFL PBT - 570 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 79 with no less than 21 in writing and 20 in other areas; PTE - 58 with no communicative score less than 50; ISPLR - 4 in all 4 skill areas.


Southern Cross University
Lismore Campus
Military Road North Coast New South Wales 2480